14.00h | 24th March 2020
In light of the Government’s announcement on 23rd March, the Angling Trust and Fish Legal are asking that all anglers follow the current guidance and stop fishing.
Whilst we understand the proven benefits on active lifestyles, physical health and mental wellbeing that angling provides, it is not currently classified as one of the safe exercises in which to engage.
The Angling Trust have sought clarification on this point and we hope to work with Government, the Environment Agency and Sport England as things move forward, to ensure that access to fishing and the benefits it brings are part of the nation’s plan for ensuring our community’s health and wellbeing.
For now though, we as a community, must take responsible action to protect ourselves, our families and our communities through this period.
This is about saving lives and supporting the NHS.
The Angling Trust have established a support hub for individuals, clubs, fisheries and organisations and a dedicated team of professionals have been put in place to help those impacted within the angling community to access grants and funding applicable to each organisation.”